Meet the team

  • Harriet CREWS

  • Educational Director

With a background in pre-school education and environmental learning for children, I have worked with pre-school children in the UK, Canada and France for the last eight years and hold a degree in education, specialising in young children. I came to France from the UK with my British parents when I was four, so I also have first hand experience of bilingualism. I am delighted to work as the Educational Director at Giving Tree, using English as my working language at the crèche. The principles of Giving Tree reflect my own professional and personal thinking, with its innovative approach to multilingualism and bilingual education.

  • Céline SAMIN

  • Montessori Leader, Robins Teacher

I qualified as a nursery teacher (Éducatrice de Jeunes Enfants) in 2002 and have particular expertise in Montessori teaching methods for children up to 6 years old. Before joining the Giving Tree team, I worked in a number of Jardins d’enfants (kindergartens) and child care centres. When I’m not working, I love travelling and hiking with my family in the mountains.

  • Meriem DJILLY

  • Apples and Robins teacher

I am from Ténès, a port on the Algerian coast. After university in Algeria, I came to France to gain my CAP qualifications and have subsequently worked at three different nurseries. Arabic is my mother tongue, as well as French, which I speak at Giving Tree. I also speak some English. My hobbies include walking, going to the movies and studying early childhood to use in my work. For me, working at Giving Tree is an incredible thing, having joined Gillian on this project in October 2012, and from whom I have I learned enormously. Likewise with the rest of the GT team, we learn from each other every day.

  • Caroline SCHLAEFLI

  • Apple seeds teacher

Originally from Barr, a small Alsatian village about 20 miles from Strasbourg, I moved to Strasbourg to study as a nursery teacher (Éducatrice de Jeunes Enfants), obtaining my degree in 2014. Today, my job is truly one of my passions as well as being a constant source of intrigue and discovery. I speak French at the crèche and also have a good level of English. I am very pleased to be part of the Giving Tree team. For me, it really is a special place that brings together parents, professionals and children.

  • Hayley FLURER

  • English speaker Apples and Owls

I come from beautiful South Africa, and moved to France in 2009 with my husband, who is French. Over the last 20 years, I’ve looked after children in the USA, UK, South Africa and France. One of my great passions is art, which I studied after school. I enjoy painting and love to be creative, and I strongly believe that art is a fantastic tool for children to express themselves and to just have fun. I am grateful to be part of the wonderful Giving Tree team. At the crèche, I speak English with the children.

  • Summer BOURNE

  • Montessori teacher, English speaker Robins

I am an AMI certified Montessori teacher for 3-6 year olds, a licensed Music Together teacher and have training as a Gestalt therapist. I also have a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 15 years, I’ve worked with children up to 6 years old in different settings, and it has been a real pleasure for me to discover the joys and challenges of working with children under three and their families in a parent-run crèche. As a native New Yorker, I speak English at the crèche. It is truly a pleasure to grow in and with the wonderful Giving Tree community.


  • Cook

After completing a doctorate in physio-pharmacology, I taught in my hometown of Montreal for ten years. In France, I obtained a degree in computer science to develop medical training tools. Then, in 2011, I discovered a new passion: cooking! Since then, I’ve kept a culinary blog “Les Papilles Estomaquées” (Amaze your taste buds), and I organize workshops for children to discover different types of vegetables in local communities and for extracurricular school activities. Cooking to develop the taste palates of children at the crèche is a real pleasure for me. I love experimenting with textures, tastes and the appearance of food to help them learn all about nutrition and cooking.

  • Nadia BOUKAZZA

  • Apple seeds teacher

Born and raised in Strasbourg, I obtained my CAP petite enfance (French childcare certificate) via a correspondence course – not easy with a child of your own! My first experience came at the crèche La Petite Table where I discovered the Steiner approach to early learning, focusing on practical, hands-on activities that encourage creative play. I’ve also had several traineeships at other public crèches. I enjoy cooking and singing, as well as taking children on walks. It’s a joy to work at Giving Tree with a multicultural team and families, and a wonderful opportunity for me to practise my English!